Sunday, August 31, 2008

Listen to Jesus!......Moses

Jesus is the greatest prophet who has ever lived. This may seem like an obvious statement, but for many Christians including myself early in my Christian life I unknowingly elevated Moses to a place in my mind as the most revered prophet in the Bible. Not only was this wrong, but Moses himself would have been ashamed of this thinking. In Deuteronomy 18:15 he prophesied of a greater prophet than him that God would raise up in the future that we should listen to.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers--it is to him you shall listen.

So who is this prophet that Moses spoke of in 1405 B.C. that God would raise up? The New Testament is clear that the answer is Jesus. Here are a few of the references....

Matthew 17:1-5 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."

Acts 3:18-24 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. Moses said, 'The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.' And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days.

Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Though Moses was a great prophet, he was a type of the final Prophet that God would reveal in the last days. Paul Washer articulates this very well in this short 5 minute YouTube video.

Many Christians struggle with understanding how the law of Moses applies to New Covenant Christians. I hope this video is helpful for you in seeing the differences between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ that New Covenant Christians find themselves under.

1 Corinthians 9:20-21 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

To watch more videos from Paul Washer or to read about the missionary society he leads called HeartCry check out his website. HeartCry's way of doing missions is really tremendous and worthy of your support.

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